Staffing agencies and host employers have been given the tools to help settle who is responsible for temporary workers' health and safety. Ultimately, all workers have the right to a safe and health workplace. "Recommended Practices" were released on August 25, 2014 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to ensure that right.
The need to protect temporary workers follows numerous serious, in some cases fatal, injuries sustained by temporary workers. Unfortunately, many of these deaths and injuries were preventable if temporary workers had been provided the proper training for the job. As a result, it's been determined by OSHA and NIOSH that the staffing agency and host employer are joint employers of temporary workers. Therefore, both are responsible for providing and maintaining a safe work environment for those workers.